Alexa Guard turns Echo speakers into home security monitors

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2019

U.S. users can set up the free feature from a mobile device: Open the latest version of the Alexa app, navigate to the settings menu, and select "Guard".

The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70-per cent-louder audio than the previous model. If you're the type of person who has a hard time enjoying a holiday away, mostly because you're anxious about what's going on at home, this new feature could help put your mind at ease.

If you are subscribed to Apple Music and have been using Spotify Free account on your Alexa-supported devices at home, it's time to change your default music streaming service preference back to Apple Music.

Alexa Guard is a new feature in the Alexa app that allows you to check for suspicious activities.

You will also be able to turn on or off your compatible smart lights so as to appear like there's someone in your house when you're away. Tap the menu (three bars in the top left). 3. Scroll to the bottom and select "Guard".

Amazon's Alexa Guard include is now taking off in the United States, following a welcome just see that kept going a couple of months.

Alexa Guard is an intriguing idea but remains untested. Echo owners can simply issue the command, "Alexa, I'm leaving", and the digital assistant will switch the Guard feature over to Away mode. If the device hears something fishy, it sends a Smart Alert to their phone, which contains an audio recording of the incident. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device. For example, Amazon says it worked with hundreds of contractors to break glass windows with different types of tools so Alexa Guard could better detect if someone is breaking one of your windows to gain access to your house.

Guard is limited to certain Echo speakers, but the good news is that majority are supported: all generations of the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Plus; the Echo Spot and the Echo Input.

Alexa Guard probably can't serve as a total replacement for home security systems, as it's somewhat limited in what it can monitor.

All that said, Amazon is quick to point out that Guard is not a security system in and of itself. Customers can use their voices to arm and disarm their Ring, ADT Pulse, and ADT Control security systems. In fact, if you have a professional monitoring service through Ring or ADT, you can forward Smart Alerts to your security company.

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